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Taylor Mill Moves Forward on Underground Utilities, Paved Roads

Underground utilities, newly paved roads, and a cable system transfer were topics at Wednesday night's Taylor Mill City Commission meeting.

The City of Taylor Mill approved a resolution to transfer the city's cable system from Time Warner to Comcast. Comcast purchased Time Warner and agreed to sell of much of Time Warner's systems to Charter Communications in order to get federal approval from the Federal Communications Commission, which prefers companies remain at 30 percent or less of the total market share. Taylor Mill's cable system was previously contracted with Time Warner, but for about a month or so, it will be under Comcast's ownership, who is then expected to sell the city's cable system to Charter.

“Local subscribers aren't going to see a big change,” said Tim Broering, of the Telecommunications Board of Northern Kentucky, who spoke to the commission about the details of the resolution.

Mayor Dan Bell expressed his concern about maintaining local programming, specifically the news programming on CN2, produced out of Louisville.

“You would be surprised at how many people watch that,” Mayor Bell said of CN2.

The City also approved the bid of $93,748 by Lawrence Construction for the insulation of underground utilities. The bids the city received were requested late in the construction season, and as a result, came in around $10,000 higher than what city engineers expected the cost to be.

“Unfortunately, because we are on a strict time schedule, we feel that was driving up costs,” explained City Administrator Jill Bailey.

The city also approved a bid from Carmichael Construction for $262,000 to pave select roads in Taylor Mill. The bids they received from companies for the project were $40,000 more than the city had expected, also due to negotiating late in the construction season.

  • The City Commission announced the new Medical Director of the City of Taylor Mill, Dr. Hein Le. Dr. Le has practiced medicine in Northern Kentucky for 21 years.

  • The City Commission also announced the appointment of new firefighter/paramedic, Joe Mock.

  • Sharif Adrabbo was nominated to serve as the Taylor Mill representative to the Kenton County Code Enforcement board. Adrabbo was a former Kenton County prosecutor and a recent candidate for County Attorney in the Republican primary in May.

  • Commissioner Ed Kuehne, vice president of the transit authority board, announced the opening of the new express bus line, the 35X. The bus route will travel through Boon, Campbell and Kenton Counties. Without traffic, the route is expected to take 25 minutes to complete from one end to the other, and all passengers can ride for free during the route's first week. The bus will also offer free wifi to its riders.

  • Announced that city consultants are working on a plan to install permanent street lights down Walnut and across KY 16.

Written by Bryan Burke, RCN Associate Editor

Photo: Taylor Mill City Commission/RCN file